Today, ID Cooling announced its latest CPU air cooler, the SE-226-XT. The new cooler has two SKUs available. One for ARGB lovers and an all-black version for those anti-RGB consumers. ID Cooling claims up to 250 TDP cooling capabilities and includes mounting hardware for all modern mainstream platforms. Pricing is set at a very reasonable $39.99 for the black model and $44.99 for the ARGB version though availability will be dependant on your region. Here is ID Cooling’s press release.
Earlier this month, MSI introduced a whole gamut of PC chassis equipped with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C ports. This impressive line-up consists of eleven cases over five different series and improved the potential connectivity up to 20 GB/s. Most cases that come with front USB-C ports can only reach speeds of 10 GB/s due to the limitations of the Gen2 (non-x2) connectors. Naturally, a compatible motherboard will be necessary to obtain these blazing fast speeds with MSI promising more to come with its future motherboards. Here is MSI’s official press release.
Thanks to XFX, we have the MERC308 BLACK RX 6600 XT on the test bench today. This is the third iteration of AMD’s RDNA2which is a pared-down die to give us NAVI 23. And according to AMD, it sits in the product stack right behind the RX 6700, is ideal for 1080p gaming, and is a bit more budget-friendly. If you can find one that is.
Recently, UL Benchmarks added an additional test to its 3DMark benchmarking suite called the Sampler Feedback feature test. This latest addition utilizes DirectX 12 Ultimate and allows game developers feedback for optimizing the many aspects necessary for game design. The feedback this new feature test provides focuses on texture space shading for optimizing the game engines. Below is UL Benchmark’s press release about the Sampler Feedback feature test and DirectX 12 Ultimate.
Today, PNY announced the addition of its low-profile series DDR4 ram to the XLR8 Gaming line-up. Three kits are available in 2666 MHz (CAS 16), 3200 MHz (CAS 16), and 3600 MHz with capacities of 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB for each set. These low-profile kits measure only 32 mm high and are well suited for all applications including small form factor builds or with large CPU heatsinks with memory clearance issues. Availability will be through Amazon, Best Buy, and PNY.com, though pricing has not been released. Below is PNY’s press release.
be quiet! is making a name for themselves in the PSU market and within the enthusiast communities. They’ve released power supplies that offer excellent build quality, nearly silent operation, premium cabling, and ultra-high-quality circuit boards. Within their wide range of power supplies, the Dark Power 12 series is their elite offering consisting of 5 models. All of the PSUs in this series offer up to 95.9% efficiency for a rating of 80 PLUS® Titanium and fully digital control of PFC + LLC+SR/12V. One of the main innovations for this series is the frameless fan design and digitally controlled fan performance curve. There’s a shroud built into the case which acts as a fan frame, and as a result, the fan noise is substantially reduced.
Alphacool announced today that owners of the XPX Pro cooler and Eisbaer Pro AIO can receive a free mounting kit for Intel’s upcoming Socket P+ (LGA 4189) and LGA1700 sockets. While some coolers may already be compatible with LGA1700, the free mounting kit is required for LGA4189. Naturally, proof of receipt will be required. Alphacool’s press release shows the current compatibility for LGA1700.
Today, Corsair launched the HS80 Wireless Gaming Headset. Designed for both PC and console gamers, the new HS80 features SLIPSTREAM WIRELESS technology that allows 24bit audio with up to 60′ range. It can also be connected via a USB tether for maximum audio quality. Current availability is through the Corsair website for $179.30. Below is Corsair’s press release.
TeamGroup just announced its latest memory series, the T-Force Delta RGB DDR5 Gaming Memory. This next generation of DDR5 memory will feature Intel XMP 3.0 support, capacities of up to 32 GB, and frequencies of up to 5600 MHz. The T-Force Delta RGB will also be equipped with oversized heat spreaders and, as the name implies, RGB lighting. Pricing is unknown at this time but availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2021. Below is TeamGroup’s press release.
MSI first announced intentions to enter the SSD market way back in January at the CES 2021 event. After a lengthy global microchip shortage, that intention has finally become a reality. MSI was kind enough to send two models to Overclockers.com for review, the Spatium M480 and M470. The M480, MSI’s flagship SSD, is a 2 TB model sporting an included aluminum finned heatsink, while the M470 is a 1 TB model without a heatsink. It should also be mentioned that there is a third model that is not represented in this review and that is the M370. The M370 is MSI’s budget-conscious, entry-level SSD. With that out of the way, we’ll take a look at the two faster-performing drives and see how they stack up compared to the other drives tested.